I love to organize
Once upon a time, I taught kindergarten. It’s not surprising, then, that when I get an interested four- (or sometimes three-) year-old in the ranks, I start with the Educational Activities. Wait, now. I can’t think of anything that isn’t educational at this age … no what I like to indulge in are Overtly Pedagogical Activities.
Here’s the whole thing. We have calendar pages (which you can find here), so that we can cross off the days as they happen, and see a day, a week, a month, in chart form.
Insofar as this is a chart that the children are reading, and insofar as we count the days each day, it’s math activity, but primarily, of course, it’s Reading.
Emily (just turned five) looooooves this activity. Love, love, loves it. She’s becoming a reader these days. In less than six months, she’ll be reading. (It could be less than six weeks. I’ve seen that happen before. My eldest went from reading picture books with one line of text per page to reading Little House on the Prairie books in one year. Once they’re ready to go, they can go like the wind!) Little brother Tyler will probably read at a younger age than Emily, because he
copies her every move practices with her, every day. It’s adorable.
This activity, though, has lots of little pieces. Twelve months, five days, thirty-one numbers, plus the weather and activity vocabulary words, which are increasing daily. I did have a couple of envelopes taped to the wall, but they soon became so jumbled you could never find anything. They also kept falling off the wall. More jumbledness.
I needed a SYSTEM. And then I found this book, part of the smorgasbord of wonderful craft supplies I got from my designer friend. Originally, it stored wallpaper samples. Now, it will store WORDS!!!
Each page has three pockets on it. The pockets are cut from clear plastic (in my case, page-protectors, because that’s what I had), and held in place with electrician’s tape on the sides and along the bottom.
You can see better with the number page. The tape down the sides and across the bottom of each pocket. If you look carefully you can see the faint line where the plastic ends at the top of each pocket.
You still have to be a bit careful –the book has to stand upright when you open it, or words will slide out — but it’s a whole lot better than two messy, overstuffed envelopes on my dining room wall (or worse, scattered over the floor with the dog-furballs (dogfur balls?)!
This makes me happy.